On April 12 at the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF) Institute, a team of South Korean scientists from the Korean Maritime Institute met with faculty from the St. George’s University Schools of Arts and Sciences, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine to discuss the potential for collaborative projects to help develop a national policy for the integrated management of coastal zones, in partnership with the Government of Grenada.
This visit sought to explore potential research synergies, and promises the exchange of expertise, as well as the opportunity for four persons to travel to South Korea in June 2012 to see the operations of similar projects developed.
According to Dr. Calum Macpherson, Director of Research at SGU, “This collaborative project has the potential to involve our students and faculty from all Schools at St. George’s University in a range of research activities.” The project will include marine investigations into coastal elevation, water quality and physical oceanography.
It was the third visit by the South Korean experts, following a signed Memorandum of Understanding between the Grenadian and Korean Governments on the team’s second visit in December 2011. The research project, titled “Research on the South and Southeast Coast of Grenada,” will span from Telescope in St. Andrew to Point Salines, St. George.
The yearlong project is budgeted at $500,000 and is funded by the Korea International Cooperation Agency.